Resort Casino Palns
$90 Million Face Lift
CA - The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, owners and operators
of the famed Spa
Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs since 1995, will begin
construction on a new $90 million, 119,000-square-foot casino in December
2002. According to Richard M. Milanovich, chairman of the Tribal Council,
completion of the new Spa
Casino is targeted for November 2003, and will replace the existing
Spa Resort Casino will be located immediately to the northeast
and diagonally across from the existing property and will encompass
a full city block bordered by Amado Rd. on the north, Calle El Segundo
on the east, Andreas Rd. on the south and Calle Encillia on the west.
The site is approximately one-fourth mile from the Palm Springs Convention
Center and Indian Canyon Dr.
said, "This new Spa
Resort Casino, across from the existing 240-room hotel and world-famous
Spa, will mark the beginning of what we anticipate to be a premier
centerpiece in downtown Palm Springs, located on the same site where
the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians first habitated 'Se-Khi'
(boiling waters), the hot mineral springs that gave our city its name."
The new Spa
Resort Casino will feature three restaurants including a 300-seat
buffet, an elegant but casual restaurant with exterior dining terraces
and a sports bar serving light meals and beverage in a sports-themed
environment. It will also include a 150-seat entertainment lounge.
Players will enjoy
their favorite games including over 1,000 of the latest slots and
video poker machines and a variety of table games. The elegant Salon
Prive, a high-limit room, is expected to attract those slot and table
players who enjoy playing in a private gaming area.
The casino's architects,
Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and designers, Dougall Designs, are
both world-class firms with impressive client lists in the United
States and abroad. Both the exterior and interior will project a style
of casual elegance. Set amid lush landscaping and trelliswork, the
property's exterior walls will be cream-colored textured stucco with
white trim, while the roof, with its unique configuration of rounded
turrets, will utilize concrete tiles in various shades of blue. The
plush, spacious interior will be appointed with rich marble and woods
Parking will be
ample at the new casino. Regular and handicapped parking totals 1,303
spaces. This includes additional parking, conveniently located across
Amado Road, complete with luxury shuttle service that will transport
guests to and from the casino.
Spa Resort Casino is situated on nine acres in the heart of downtown
Palm Springs, California.
The Agua Caliente
Band of Cahuilla Indians has a longstanding tradition of major activity
and visibility in the Coachella Valley. Moreover, the Tribe set a
historic precedent by becoming the first Native American group to
own and operate two gaming facilities in California when in April
2001, it opened its second gaming property, the Agua Caliente Casino,
in nearby Rancho Mirage.
"All of our
members strongly believe in giving back to our community as part of
our long-standing tradition to be good neighbors and share our blessings
with everyone fortunate to call this area home," Chairman Milanovich
added. "This casino is yet another indication of our firm commitment
to the continued progress of gaming, tourism and economic growth in
our Southern California area."
Over the past
six years, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has donated
more than $8 million in contributions to a long list of groups with
special needs including local community, civic and non-profit organizations.
& Teller, Four Million Quarters and
One Very Large Crane
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